Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The United States and Brazil have announced a unique partnership as Brazil attempts to expand and modernize its aviation infrastructure and accompanying services in advance of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. See Press Release, U.S. Trade and Development Agency, USTDA Launches U.S.-Brazil Aviation Partnership, April 9, 2012 (available here). Announced as a public-private partnership, it appears U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the U.S. Department of State, the FAA, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will exchange information with their Brazilian counterparts on regulatory and technical issues related to airport modernization, airspace management, safety and security while U.S. private companies hope to contribute to and capitalize on the rapid development of Brazil's aviation sector through contracting, investment and export opportunities. In conjunction with the partnership, Boeing and Embraer have signed an agreement to cooperate on aircraft safety, operational efficiency and manufacturing productivity. See Press Release, Boeing, Boeing and Embraer Sign Agreement for Broad Business Cooperation to Benefit Customers and Support Industry Growth, April 9, 2012 (available here). The U.S.-Brazil Open Skies agreement, signed in December 2010, will not be fully operational until 2015.